By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A Magnificent Testimony to Life and Love

Recently, a friend informed me that she successfully adopted a baby boy from China. She is a very strong Catholic Christian and has just proven it. I told her, only slightly tongue in cheek, that her ticket to heaven was "punched."

Why do such acts by her and many other Christians (not to exclude non-Christians who also do the same) impress me so much?

1. China has an inhuman population control policy based on abortion. These adoptions are a great testimony against that great and powerful evil.

2. These acts of generosity and love demonstrate that the facile assumption of many with compulsive anti-American sentiments that America is a racist nation is just plainly out of date for most of the newer and even older generations. Just look at who was just elected President. But hard proof will always fail to convince those who need to tear down America to feel good about themselves and their own failures and mediocrity. The old-fashioned word for this type of anti-Americanism is envy.

3. But, most important by far, is this fact: God is love. He is gift. He gave and continues to give Himself through his Son Jesus on the Cross for each of us. Now, being made part of the Son in our Baptism, we in turn give ourselves to and for others. We love because we were first loved even and especially when we did not deserve it. My friend just opened her arms wide to another, just as Jesus always stretches his arms wide on the wooden cross on that lonely hill of Calvary for her, for me, and for you, regardless of current religious affiliation or lack thereof. The arms are always inviting each of us to more of what is true life. Do not turn your back on the more, the great Christian "plus," for which you were created.